Flaming tree causes building evacuation

St. George Fire Captain David Slack hoses down a lingering fire hot spot, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St George, Utah

ST. GEORGE – Fire crews responded to reports of a structure fire Saturday evening on 1000 East in St. George, across from Dixie State University.

Torched palm tree and melted siding after the fire,  St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St George, Utah
A torched palm tree and melted siding result from the fire, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St George, Utah

Three fire engines and a ladder truck from the St. George Fire Department were dispatched to the Sun Ridge Apartments, 277 S. 1000 East, at about 5:25 p.m. after it was reported that the side of an apartment building was on fire, St. George Fire Capt. David Slack said.

As details of the incident came in, it was learned that a palm tree was what had actually caught fire, blazing next to one of the apartment buildings on the east side of the complex. Residents in the two end units next to the burning tree evacuated while others put the fire out with extinguishers.

“It was out when we got here,” Slack said. “We’re mopping up and making sure everything is OK.”

Other responding fire units were canceled while firefighters on scene put out lingering hot spots around the torched area.

Along with the scorched palm tree, siding on the end of the building was melted and warped by the fire .

Packing up after the fire, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St George, Utah
Packing up after the fire, St. George, Utah, Feb. 7, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St George, Utah

“We looked inside – there’s no apparent damage to the building or the walls,” Slack said.

No one was injured or displaced by the fire. The cause of the fire is unknown at the time of this publication and is still under investigation.

Also responding to the scene were units from the St. George Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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2 Comments

  • Mary February 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    My apartment is the end unit right next to the fire. Two of my children, my husband, and I were hanging out in our living room, with our blinds open. My husband looked outside our window and said, “Why are the neighbors outside taking pictures? Now they’re coming to the door.” That is when we heard a knock and we opened the door to find out that a tree fire was approaching our apartment while everyone watched. My daughter and husband suggested that they should grab fire extinguishers. My husband, son, and a guy who was visiting a neighbor started putting out the fire. The unknown guy had jumped the fence to put it out from that side. When his fire extinguisher ran out, he used a trash can from the Dixie Cove Apartments, filled it with water from their pool, and poured it over the base of the fire. There were times when the flames came inches from our building. It was really scary. I’m very thankful to the unknown guy who helped my husband and son put the fire out.

  • CaliGirl February 8, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Well Mary, I’m glad you and your family are okay. isn’t it sad our society thinks it should use a camera to put out a fire. Thankfully, a neighbor was smart enough to risk his own cell phone by obtaining pool water to put out the fire.

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